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Charles Schumer
  Democratic Response to President Trumps Address  CSPAN  January 8, 2019 10:03pm-10:11pm EST

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all of these decades, secure our border. this is a choice between right and wrong, justice and injustice. this is about whether we fulfill our sacred duty to the american citizens we serve. when i took the oath of office, i swore to protect our country and that is what i will always do, so help me god. thank you and good night. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] pelosi: good evening. i appreciate the opportunity to speak to the american people tonight about how we can end this shut down and meet the needs of the american people. sadly, much of what we have heard from president trump during this senseless shutdown has been full of misinformation and malice. the president has chosen fear.
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we want to start with the facts. the fact is, on the first day of this congress house democrats passed senate republican legislation to reopen government and fund a smart, effective border security solutions. at the president is rejecting bipartisan bills which would reopen government, over his obsession with forcing american taxpayers to waste billions of dollars on an expensive and ineffective wall, a wall he promised mexico would pay for. president trump has chosen to hold hostage critical services for the health, safety and well-being of the american people and withhold the paychecks of 800,000 innocent workers across the nation, many of them veterans. he promised to keep government shut down for months and years, no matter whom it hurts. that is plain wrong. the fact is, we all agree we need to secure our borders while honoring our values.
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we can build infrastructure and roads at ports of entry. we can install new technology to scan cars and trucks for drugs. we can hire the personnel we need to facilitate trade and immigration. we can fund more innovation to detect unauthorized crossings. thewomen and children at border are not a security threat, they are a humanitarian challenge, a challenge president trump's own cruel and counterproductive policies have only deepened. trumpe fact is, president must stop holding the american people hostage, must stop manufacturing a crisis and must reopen the government. thank you. schumer: my fellow americans, we address you tonight for one reason. president of the united states, having failed to get mexico to pay for his ineffective and
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unnecessary border wall, and unable to convince congress at the american people to foot the bill, has shut down the government. american democracy doesn't work that way, we don't govern by temper tantrum -- temper tantrum. no president should pound the table and demand he gets his way , shutting down the government, hurting millions of americans who are treated as leverage. tonight and throughout this debate and throughout his presidency, president trump has appealed to fear, not facts, division, not unity. make no mistake, democrats and the president both want stronger border security. however, we sharply disagree with the president about the most effective way to do it. so how do we untangle this mess? there is an obvious solution. separate the shutdown from arguments over border security. legislationartisan supported by democrats and republicans to reopen government
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while allowing debate over border security to continue. there is no excuse for hurting millions of americans over a policy difference. federal workers are about to miss a paycheck. some families can't get a mortgage to buy a new home. farmers and small businesses won't get loans they desperately need. most presidents have used oval office for noble purposes. this president just used the backdrop of the oval office to manufacture a crisis, stoke fear, and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration. my fellow americans, there is no challenge so great that our nation cannot rise to meet it. we can reopen the government and continue to work through disagreements over policy. border withoutur an ineffective, expensive wall. and we can welcome legal
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immigrants and refugees without compromising safety and security. the symbol of america should be the statue of liberty, not a 30 foot wall. so our suggestion is a simple one. mr. president, reopen the government and we can work to resolve our differences over border security, but end this shut down now. thank you. ♪ c-span's washington journal live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. wednesday morning, we discuss the government shutdown's impact with virginiakers congressman jerry connelly and nebraska congressman don bacon to talk about border security. be sure to watch c-span's
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washington journal live at 7:00 eastern. join the discussion. >> some of our live coverage wednesday, day 19 of the government shutdown. the house meets at 10:00 a.m. eastern. members vote on a spending bill to reopen treasury and the irs. that is live on c-span. on c-span2 at 7:00 a.m., british prime minister theresa may answers questions from the house of commons, less than a week from the vote on her plan to leave the european union. then the senate continues debate on a middle east security bill that would pay for security assistance to israel over 10 and expand sanctions against syria. semocratic senator harryi talks about her book and her governing style at 7:00 p.m., and more live events on c-span3. the pentagon chief financial officer talks about financial
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oversight of the defense department. and members of congress and leaders of the naacp center for american progress and the national dbt q task force meet bill support for hr one, a outlining house democrats' priorities. at 6:00 p.m. democratic leaders swear in members of the congressional hispanic caucus. now to capitol hill for the announcement of legislation to expand ground checks for the sale and transfer of firearms. we hear from speaker nancy pelosi, mike thompson, and former representative abby giffords of arizona. this is 20 minutes. speaker pelosi: good afternoon, everyone. i'm honored to be here with special guests who will speak